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3 Modalities to Address Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

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Posted On: November 16, 2018 by VGMInsBlogger

Posted in: Therapy Practice

Building strength, exercise and good habits are a go-to when it comes to helping patients manage pain. When your patient has a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, however, the pain threshold might be high enough that it becomes a barrier to starting even the most rudimentary physical training. Today, VGM Advantage is going to examine three pain-relief modalities to help your patients start the exercises that will give them the greatest relief:

Compression gloves.

While there’s no conclusive evidence that compression gloves can increase grip strength or hand functions, they can benefit your RA patients in other ways. One study found that patients reported reduced joint swelling and a better sense of well-being after using compression gloves. Gentle compression can contain joint swelling, which then decreases pain. Compression gloves are best used for hour intervals or at night.

Hand Wax Bath

While not enough on its own to reduce RA pain, one study showed that when combined with hand exercises, it can greatly reduce both pain and increase flexibility. If you have an RA patient that needs that extra push, a wax bath could be the key to putting them on the road to recovery. VGM Advantage members get special pricing through our vendor partners, including Parasilk, which provides a full range of paraffin wax treatments.

Cold/Hot Applications.

This is one of the more common non-drug treatments of RA pain, so chances are that you already use it some capacity. Heat can relieve muscle spasms, pain and in increased elasticity in muscles, tendon and cartilage.  Cold therapy, on the other hand, can be used to counteract the ill effects of inflamed joints, reducing the levels of destructive enzymes.

 

Helping your patients gain better quality of life is why you entered the physical therapy business to begin with. That’s why VGM Advantage is here to help you focus more on them and less about the day-to-day worries of running your own business. That’s why we offer discounts on services and products from a wide range of vendor partners, and give you access to CEUs, referral networks and more. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, get in touch with our experts today!

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